Dick Goodwin

aka Gordon "Dick " Goodwin


Composer & Jazz Guy

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"I used to wear two hats, 'Gordon Goodwin' for my classical work and 'Dick Goodwin' for the after-hours jazz character."

Over the years—under one hat or the other—Gordon Goodwin has written hundreds of works, from jingle to opera, jazz band to symphony orchestra.

Dick Goodwin is a composer, arranger, performer, and studio producer. He leads the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Dick Goodwin Big Band, and is a Yamaha Artist.

The State Newspaper declared "If a touring act or local performance needs musicians — strings, brass, rhythm, anything — there’s only one person to call: Dick Goodwin."

Gordon (Dick) Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina where he still teaches a handful of doctoral students. He was a recipient of USC's prestigious Educational Foundation Award, is the 2001 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Individual Artist winner (the highest honor awarded in the arts by the State of South Carolina.) And he has received a number of writer awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers.)

“He’s kind of the goto person if an arrangement doesn’t exist for the orchestra,” says Rhonda Hunsinger, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s executive director.

"I grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and El Paso, Texas and decided at a very early age that music would be my life's work. I loved teaching and I had a successful run of it. But I now have the time (and still have the energy) to concentrate full-time on my first love — composing, arranging, producing, and performing.

Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina he taught composition and theory and ran the jazz program (which he initiated) at the University of Texas. Before that he spent four long years as a band director in the US Coast Guard.

The DG Big Band performed with the Palmetto Mastersingers and for the spectacular Social Inc. dance event in Augusta Georgia.

Dick -- sometimes known as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin -- has just done a series of pops orchestra arrangements for the SC Philharmonic and for the Billings, Montana Symphony Orchestra, and he scored James Warren’s “Prologue to Freedom” for soloists (including Big Band member John Wilkinson), choir, and “Fort Jackson’s Own” 282nd Army Band.  And he just completed an arrangement for clarinet choir to honor Doug Graham at the International Clarinet Association Clarinetfest in Baton Rouge in August.

Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principle keyboardist with the SC Phil. and as staff pianist at USC where she has done a string of recitals including performances with visiting guest artists from the Philadelphia and the Met Opera Orchestras.  She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have just completed a soon-to-be-released album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.


Updated: July 14, 2014

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Upcoming Gigs

July 7  Dick Goodwin Jazz Quintet plays a consort for the Tri-Dac Music Students at Richland Northeast H.S.

July 9  Show at Trustus Theater-- six Trustus singers and the DG trio
playing Dick’s charts

August 9 USC graduation
with the DG Big Band + strings, etc. in the pit

August 15  DG 5tet for the
Laurel Crest 20th Anniversary

August 24  at 3:00 Winifred Goodwin (piano) and violinist Catherine Hazan perform an alumni recital in the USC School of Music Recital Hall. 
Admission is free and
Dick gets to turn pages.

September 7  10:30 am at
St. Martin’s in the Fields-- an original Jazz Mass with the DG Quintet

September 7th from 2:30 to 5:00 kicks off the Carolina Jazz Society
concert season …programs are usually the first Sunday of each month through May … ‘tis a traditional jazz series at the Lourie Center in Columbia. 
The house band with Jim Hall (drums), Reggie Sullivan (bass), Aletha Jacobs (piano), Bruce Clark (trombone), Doug Graham (clarinet) and Dick on trumpet is often joined
by Charles Willbanks on banjo.

October 2 & 3  DG 5tet with the Sandlapper Singers

November 13  Dick’s 4tet returns to Seawells for an annual benefit for the Killingsworth Home

November 28 DG Big Band for the Augusta (GA) Symphony Cotillion

December 16  DG 4tet at Still Hopes

So what are you doing
New Year’s Eve?  The Big Band returns to the Newberry Opera House – a concert, champagne, and more! http://www.newberryopera

January 15  DG Big Band
at the State Fairgrounds for the Palmetto Senior Show  

Email us for more details on any of these programs … dgmusics@bellsouth.net





Compositions & Arrangements
Work as a Composer
GEM Recordings
Kerrville Music Festival
Article about Dick Goodwin in December 28, 2008, The State: PDF

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